South Western Times

Donnybrook sports hub on fast track

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The Donnybrook Community, Sports, Recreation and Events Precinct at VC Mitchell Park is a step closer to constructi­on after release of a portion of the $6 million in State Government funding.

The Government announced the funding last August as part of the State’s overall $300 million COVID-19 Recovery Package.

Planning and design has been fast tracked with the release of an early grant fund of $250,000.

The Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council recently appointed MCG Architects to assist in developing more detailed plans prior to the release of a public tender later in the year.

Members of the community were invited to register their expression of interest in becoming part of the Stakeholde­r Reference Group for the VC Mitchell Park redevelopm­ent earlier in March.

Two community members will join the existing group of representa­tives from local sporting clubs who will continue to meet on a regular basis to help guide the council through the project.

Shire president Brian Piesse said the project would become an important community asset that would attract a wave of younger families to the shire in the future.

“As this project transition­s into detailed planning, design and an all-embracing management model, it is important to have a strong representa­tion from the community during this process,” Cr Piesse said.

“The Shire advises that broader community consultati­on on the project will occur over coming months.”

Shire chief executive Ben Rose said the council would now consider the $3 million loan as part of its budget deliberati­ons in coming months.

The council decided to progress with an early works package for a hockey training facility on the site at last month’s council meeting.

Final approval for funding and developmen­t of the hockey training facility will be subject to State Government approvals.

The community will be invited to provide feedback on the concept masterplan that will be released as the project progresses.

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